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Blondie in Society (1941)

Approved | | Comedy | 17 July 1941 (USA)
Dagwood brings home a pedigreed Great Dane which an important company client wants and which Blondie enters in the big dog show. A highlight of this film is the canine burping display.

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Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy
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Blondie and Dagwood are in charge of operations at a mountain motel. The elderly owners of the establishment are in danger of losing their life savings. Among other things, arson threatens.

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Dagwood disguises himself as a drummer in the ship's conga band to sneak aboard a South American cruise ship. Blondie performs several song-and-dance routines.

Directors: Frank R. Strayer, Robert Sparks
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Blondie takes over Dagwood's job while he goes off on a fishing trip.

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Dagwood decides to go to college. Blondie goes along with him, keeping their marriage a secret. They send Baby Dumpling off to military school where he becomes top sergeant. Blondie is ... See full summary »

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In order to close a business deal, Dagwood impersonates Mr. Dithers. While doing so he must avoid the nearly blind process server Jim Gray.

Director: Abby Berlin
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Dagwood and Blondie have each written checks for charity unaware the other has done so. To cover the amounts they enter a song-writing contest. Meanwhile Mr. Dithers wants Dagwood to soften... See full summary »

Director: Abby Berlin
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A salesman convinces Blondie that Baby Dumpling is a budding genius, so the Bumsteads enroll him in a special school from which he disappears.

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When Blondie has an opportunity to become a star the Bumstead household, mainly Dagwood, becomes upset.

Director: Abby Berlin
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Dagwood takes over the office in Dithers's absence and hires former WAC Mary Jane. Dagwood and the WAC become unemployed, the Bumsteads start their own business, and Dagwood gets his old job back.

Director: Abby Berlin
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Cynical writer George Wickley arrives as the Bumstead household experiences the birth of daughter Cookie.

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Blondie's sudden windfall causes noting but trouble for the Bumstead family.

Director: Abby Berlin
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
Comedy | War
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Blondie organizes Housewives of America to perform homefront wartime duties, including guarding the local dam. Dagwood and the other husbands don't care to be left home doing the cooking ... See full summary »

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms
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Dagwood brings home a pedigreed Great Dane which an important company client wants and which Blondie enters in the big dog show. A highlight of this film is the canine burping display.

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Blondie moves in the best circles...NO WONDER THE BUMSTEADS ARE DIZZY!

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The ninth of twenty-eight Blondie movies starring Penny Singleton as Blondie Bumstead and Arthur Lake as Dagwood Bumstead. See more »

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Blondie refers to the Great Dane as being female, but in the next shot, the dog is obviously a male. See more »

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Followed by Blondie's Big Deal (1949) See more »

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The Farmer in the Dell
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The Bumsteads at the Dog Show
10 November 2000 | by (Kissimmee, Florida) – See all my reviews

BLONDIE IN SOCIETY (Columbia, 1941), directed by Frank R. Strayer, the ninth feature in the popular comedy series based on the Chic Young comic strip characters, ranks the very best of the entire 28 episodes. This series reached its peak here, and the leading players are at their funniest. At 78 minutes (the longest in the series), it plays fast and furious.

Dagwood Bumstead (Arthur Lake) gets himself a great dane named Chin-up to cover a $50 debt, and his wife, Blondie (Penny Singleton) helps out by entering Chin Up in a dog show. Everything goes wrong, of course. While the dog wins the contest, everyone who had disowned him, wants to reclaim him, a fight ensues, causing everyone, including the Bumstead child, Baby Dumpling (Larry Simms) and his neighbor friend, Alvin (Danny Mummert) to acquire black eyes.

Besides Dagwood running into the neighborhood postman (Irving Bacon) to catch his bus for work, other comedy highlights include Dagwood trying to take his Sunday bath, but never does due to constant interruptions, a gimmick used occasionally in the comic strips, but seen only once in this series. Penny Singleton shows off her singing ability by vocalizing "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree" and "Trees." Veteran character actors Edgar Kennedy and William Frawley also add to the comic hi-jinx. For animal lovers, the Bumstead dog, Daisy, and Chin-up help provide some memorable highlights as well. And then there's Mr. Dithers (Jonathan Hale) as Dagwood's irritable boss, etc.

Available on video with the 1960s tag-on TV opening and closing credits with vocalists singing the "Blondie" theme song. Thankfully when it was shown on the American Movie Classics cable channel from 1996 to 2000, it was presented with its original opening and closing credits shown in theaters. While much of the 28 "Blondie" comedies are quite enjoyable, this one is definitely a winner. (***/2)


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